STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: About 151 passengers have reached at Srinagar International Airport on Friday under Vande Bharat Mission taking the total toll of people travelled through COVID special flights to J&K to 652. Nearly, 87,948 J&K residents, stranded outside UT due to lockdown imposed in the wake of global pandemic, have been brought back to the UT by the Jammu and Kashmir government through 26 COVID special trains, four flights besides scores of buses after strictly observing all necessary preventive measures regarding the virus.
3,300 J&K residents evacuated from MaharashtraJAMMU: Around 3,300 J&K residents, including 1,200 students who were stranded in various parts of Maharashtra have returned back to their homes by four Shramik Special Trains during the past 10 days. This is the highest number of Shramik Special Trains deployed in any single state for the evacuation of J&K residents stranded there. Around 600 stranded persons from J&K including 200 students, left for Udhampur Railway Station (J&K) from Bandra Terminus, Mumbai this evening in the 4th and last Special Shramik Train. The train carried the J&K residents, who were mostly stranded in two key districts of Mumbai City and Mumbai Suburban. These stranded persons included patients, traders, handicraft vendors, labourers and employees from banks, private sector and the government. There are also residents from UT of Ladakh on this train who were stranded in Mumbai and its adjoining areas. Around 30 CA patients from J&K and their attendants were stranded in Mumbai since the country-wide lockdown was announced by the Government in the last week of March this year. Almost all of them have been evacuated except a couple of such patients who are staying back for treatment. Pertinently, around 700 J&K residents, including 100 students, left for Udhampur from Thane Railway Station in Navi Mumbai by Special Shramik Train on 22 May. The train carried J&K residents who were stranded in Navi Mumbai, Raigad and other adjoining districts of Maharashtra. Earlier, around 1,000 J&K residents, including 500 students were evacuated from Pune by Special Shramik Train on 19 May 2020 while another 1,000 residents, including 400 students, were evacuated by Special Shramik Train from Nagpur on 14th May 2020. The total number of J&K residents evacuated till date from Maharashtra has touched 3,300, including 1,200 students. Pertinently, during the extended lockdown of almost 2 months, the stranded persons, mostly labourers, were constantly reached-out through respecitive district administrations and some local NGOs in Maharashtra to ensure adequate provision of food, rations and other basic amenities to them. In the south-western region, around 800 J&K residents including 35 students, were evacuated by Special Shramik Train from Kerala on 20 May 2020. Similarly, around 1,800 J&K residents, including 17 students were evacuated by 2 Special Shramik Trains from Goa on 10 & 12 May. The total number of J&K residents evacuated from three states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Goa by seven Shramik Special Trains has reached 5700 including around 1250 students.
As per the detailed break up about the figures, the government has evacuated 65,374 residents of J&K, stranded in various other states and UTs, through Lakhanpur besides bringing back home about 21,922 people through 26 special trains at Jammu and Udhampur railway stations. Nearly, 875 stranded passengers have entered through Lakhanpur from May 22 to 23 morning while 797 passengers have reached today in the 10th COVID special train at Jammu and about 717 passengers have reached at Udhampur railway station from Trivandrum. So far, 10 trains have reached Jammu with a total of 8,867 stranded passengers belonging to different districts while 13,055 passengers have reached Udhampur in 16 special trains, so far. As per the official communiqué, of 65,374 returnees evacuated through Lakhanpur till May 23, 2020 (morning) included 15,200 from Punjab; 20,235 from Himachal Pardesh, 21 from Andhra Pardesh, 6,414 from Delhi, 1,345 from Gujrat, 2,663 from Rajasthan, 3,749 from Haryana, 149 from Chhattisgarh, 3,332 from Uttarakhand, 972 from Maharashtra, 4,244 from Uttar Pradesh, 63 from Odisha, 250 from Assam and 974 from Madhya Pradesh, 88 from Dehradun, 1,089 from Chandigarh, 677 from Telengana, 99 from Karnataka, 10 from Tamil Nadu, 52 from Chennai, 293 from Bihar, 155 from West Bengal, 26 from Jharkhand, 3 from Nepal and 3,271 from other states and UTs. Pertinently, the district administrations of Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua and Srinagar have put in place elaborate arrangements and facilities for safe and successful boarding and de-boarding of returnees at the Railway stations and airport and their journey towards their home districts. Besides, 100 per cent sampling of returnees is being done at the kiosks established at the stations and it is ensured that the people in the administrative quarantine go home only after they are tested negative for Corona virus. The administrations are strictly adherening to the guidelines issued by MHA and MoFHW regarding COVID-19. It is being ensured that during the boarding and de-boarding process the passengers observe social distancing and wear masks. Besides, complete protection of the administrative staff and others on duty is being ensured. Principal Secretary PDD, Rohit Kansal; Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi and Chief Electoral Officer, Hirdesh Kumar, who are the Nodal Officers for management of return of stranded people at Jammu, Udhampur and Kathua respectively, are personally monitoring the facilities being extended to the passengers during their de-boarding and movement to their home districts. Meanwhile, the UT Government has so far sent back 13,120 outbound migrant workers stranded in different parts by special trains from Katra till May 23. They include about 2,206 migrant workers who left Katra aboard a special train to Chatarpur in Madhya Pradesh till this evening. As per the Nodal Officer J&K, several Shramik special trains departed to MP/Chhattisgarh since May 19 from Katra Railway Station. “More than 13000 migrant workers stranded in J&K have boarded from Katra Railway Station for Chhattisgarh & MP since May 19, 2020 till date. Today first train departed at 1PM carrying 2,206 migrant workers to Chatarpur (MP). Two more trains will depart today. Arrangements are being made for workers of other states too. Nodal officer J&K has repeated his request to all migrant workers to await their turn in case they are desirous of going to their home state. He said workers facing difficulty in registration can contact the district administration. Meanwhile, besides facilitating smooth arrival of residents of J&K UT from rest of the country and their transportation to home districts, Lakhanpur Facilitation Centre is also facilitating outbound labourers for onward journey to their native places.
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